Tuesday, December 9, 2008
First the good news. A few weeks ago I broke the "11-mile barrier". I'd been struggling for months with knee problems that forced me to cut my runs short to avoid further injury. But I did a 13-mile run with no problems. In fact, I felt awesome the entire time. I never felt the least bit sore or tired during or even after the run.
Then, last Saturday I ran my first 15-miler. (I'm following Jeff Galloway's training program where I increase my long run by two miles every other weekend.) By mile 12 I felt pretty drained, and the last few miles I was in bad shape. That evening and all day Sunday I felt like I'd been hit by a garbage truck.
So what gives? Why did adding two lousy miles add so much torture? My best guess is that I was short on sleep the week before this latest long run, and that made the difference. Any ideas?